Awhile ago, I was really interested in sonnets. Shakespeare and and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are two of my favorite poets, and they both wrote sonnets, so I decided that I needed to at least attempt it. The required elements are
- 14 lines
- Iambic Pentameter (ababcdcdefegg)
- 3 quatrains and a final couplet
I didn’t quite follow this list. I did four quatrains and no final couplet…oh well! This is one of the sonnets I wrote. Constructive criticism is encouraged!:
I look up and see your face- one brief glance
And once again I turn away in fear
That in that moment, you saw by chance
In my eyes the true feelings that linger here
My heart is laid bare; a book all can read
I am nothing more than a girl in love
But I know not what you hope, want, or need
Your words are like sparrows, or flighty doves.
What would it take for you to tell me plain,
Whether hate, love, or apathy were yours
Towards me? No truth could drive me more insane
Your answer are vague, like door upon door
In a never ending hall. So too goes
Your heart, or at least the piece I can see.
Why must I talk in this poor meager prose?
Why can’t I tell you what you mean to me?